Anti-theists Are Assholes!
Before I get started I want to give a shout out to Belgium and the many other countries where my readers live.
Now, on to this other little problem. Today I’ve run across a blogger that seems to think that anti-theism is the militant kind of atheism and that which wants to rid the world of all religion. Wikipedia says:
An antitheist is defined by the Oxford English Dictionary as “One opposed to belief in the existence of a god.” The earliest citation given for this meaning is from 1833. An antitheist may be opposed to belief in the existence of any god or gods, and not merely one in particular.
Antitheism has been adopted as a label by those who take the view that theism is dangerous or destructive. One example of this view is demonstrated in Letters to a Young Contrarian (2001), in which Christopher Hitchens writes: “I’m not even an atheist so much as I am an antitheist; I not only maintain that all religions are versions of the same untruth, but I hold that the influence of churches, and the effect of religious belief, is positively harmful.”
I happen to agree with this definition. Before you get upset, know that I don’t think absolutely all religions or religious functions are evil. There are religions which, I have come to believe, are essentially humanist in principle yet seek the mystic in practice even if for them the mystical is an undefined quality of being human. Such religions and practices are not in and of themselves harmful to society as I see it. I should one day go into this more and get collaborative assistance on such as Wicca and Polytheism and Hellenism etc.
Yes, that title is a bit inflammatory but that is what I’m getting from some people. Anti-theists are the ass-hole variety of atheist. This simply is not true. I also happen to be anti-dayglo spandex clothes in XXX sizes. I’m also anti-drama and anti-ass-hole. I do not campaign against these things I’m against and do not need to in order to hold the position that I think they are bad for society, harmful even. My ire is directed in particular to the big three of monotheism: Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. Without these groups I believe the world would be a better place. Then again I’m not really a soothsayer, so don’t trust me.What I do know is that they cause more harm than they do good. The net effect is that they jointly are the biggest force for evil in the world.
Yes, great aunt Judy, that kind and gentle old lady is right in there with the fundies. Why? She gives her money to the church she attends. That church supports larger organizations and those organizations support efforts to block prop 8, ban abortions, and fight healthcare that provides birth control etc. Her few dollars adds to the few dollars of millions of more people so that while she didn’t shoot an abortion clinic doctor she supported all the people it took to convince others to do it. They are currently on the African continent supporting ‘kill the gays’ bills and telling people that condoms spread AIDS and that witches should be burned. That’s right, kindly old great aunt Judy – that evil bitty. It is the money from these well meaning, but deluded, individuals that supports the efforts to oppress others, curtail their rights, and harm those that do not believe in the same god or any god at all. They fund the whackjobs that go on television to proclaim that hurricanes are because of gays, earthquakes are because of women’s attire, and mass murders are because of atheism and the queer and atheist agendas. Those mild well meaning people support the most divisive ideas and people on the planet. I oppose this, and I encourage others to do so as well.
Nothing good can come from religions that we cannot get elsewhere without the dogma, bigotry, and hate. Allowing great aunt Judy to put the Ten Commandments on a plaque in the local school is how we get into a spot where religious dogma dominates public discourse and rule of law. It is not acceptable and I do not accept it. As nice as great aunt Judy is, she has to be stopped!
I also happen to believe that education rather than protestation is the best way to do this. No, I do not have a grand plan but I feel this is the most effective means of achieving peace between religion and non-religion and society within the framework of The Constitution. I realize that this only applies to my country but others have found ways to do so in their own countries. I necessarily must concern myself with my own country foremost.
There it is. What I think and feel about my use of and claim to the label anti-theist.
That said, I do eat babies. mmmmmm They’re delicious. I like them cooked rather than raw, but eat them raw sometimes. I like them so much I sometimes have 2 or 3 in one sitting. They are best at breakfast time, but I like them all through the day. If life begins at conception, we all eat babies. You can get them on a sandwich at McDonald’s for a buck most days, but I dislike those croisandwhich thingies. I want my fried baby on a biscuit with a slab of peppered cow flesh and some rotten cow’s milk! mmm mmm mmm Now, I’m hungry!